Well, Im pretty much decided Im going to get my new fender. http://www.guitarstop.com/Fender/jazzbass24.htm this sucker if anyone really cares. But its made in Korea. Plays great, sounds amazing, and the parts are brand name. So the only thing Im not 100% on is the contruction of the bass itself. Bridges can be changed, but if the bass is built bad, whats the point? So is there any way I can tell how well the bass was constructed, or how good wood was used to constuct, it short of removing that wonderful paint job? thanks.